|Route:||The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon |
|Mileage:||50.0. There are 12 legs varying in length from 2.8 miles to 6.2 miles. Individual leg maps are here. |
|Hillage:||One climb and one descent of over 900 ft., and numerous 500+ ft climbs make theTussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon a very challenging race. No runner on a relay team will escape some tough hill running. |
Greatest elevation change: Nearly 1100 ft.
|Description:||The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay is run mostly on gravel roads in the Rothrock State Forest near State College, Pennsylvania. The relay starts just outside of the parking lot of the Tussey Mountain Ski Area, which is about 6 miles outside of State College off of US Rte 322. Take Rte 322 (Business) East from State College. This is called South Atherton Street in State College. About 2 miles past Boalsburg, PA, there is a sign for the Tussey Mountain Ski Area. Make a right at the sign onto Bear Meadows Rd. Less than a mile up the road is the Tussey Mountain Ski Area. Park in the parking lot. |
The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon Course is a USATF certified course (Certificate # PA 02020 WB).
|Remarks:||The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Mile Relay began in 2000. That year, over a dozen teams and one solo "ultra" covered the course during a beautiful fall day. In 2003, there were 47 teams and 20 ultras (19 of whom finished!). The race is attracting teams from around the East for a great mountain run during "fall colors" season. You can find out a lot about the race on the Nittany Valley Running Club's web pages for the race. |
|Leg Maps:||Leg Maps |
The links are to PDF files containing maps and elevation profiles of the individual legs.